I hope you are well, and keeping as cool as you can in this heat! One tip from me to help keep you cool and sleep and night is to keep a damp flannel in the freezer and use it to cool you down during the night. I'm finding this is my saving grace at the moment and it stays nice and cold for a long time! Obviously most important is to stay hydrated during this heatwave too.
What with "freedom day" yesterday, I wanted to give you some updates on how this will affect my workspace:
All the best,
I hope you are well and enjoying the good old British Summer that has finally graced us with it's presence!
I'm heading down to Devon for a week off until 20th June, so will be off my emails until then. It's been pretty crazy since I reopened post lockdown in April so I'm looking forward to a break and to recharge my batteries.
I am now 18 weeks pregnant, so feeling even more deserving of a holiday. Baby is due in November so I will just be playing it by ear in terms of when I can work up until- I'll just have to see how it goes! I will keep updating you via the newsletter though.
Make sure you're staying hydrated and cool in the heat over the next few days.
All the best,
Finally the good news that I've been waiting for! I am able to reopen from 12th April, following the same precautions that I had last year.
Similar to the last lockdown I will only be able to see a handful of clients during this time. The Association of Reflexologists have become slightly more strict in their advice this time round, suggesting that we may need to show a letter from a medical professional if we were to be checked by our local authorities as to why we are treating a client. I will only be able to see clients during this lockdown if they are coming to the Putney treatment room, and if they are having reflexology as part of a healthcare plan for a mental or physical heath problem. Essentially you may have reflexology to prevent putting a strain on the NHS further down the line. This can include for example clients with muscular/skeletal pain, pregnant clients with pelvic girdle pain, or clients in their third trimester to try and encourage a natural labour. It can also include those with stress induced insomnia, depression and/or anxiety. You will need to specify your condition when booking through my online form.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to ask!
There have been some changes in the way this second lockdown will affect my business so please read carefully.
I have now joined the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) who have sought legal advice on whether complementary healthcare practitioners registered with them can remain open under the national restrictions. They have been advised that we are allowed to treat clients as long as you are coming for reflexology for an identified mental or physical health condition or injury that is causing you pain, or having an adverse impact on your mobility or your quality of life. The reason for this is that it could help to support the NHS by preventing hospital admissions further down the line.
I am not allowed to do mobile treatments unless I have received a direct referral from a statutory regulated health professional. The Teddington treatment room will remain closed for now as the access (through the house) isn't COVID-secure, however the Putney treatment room will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
I will be updating my risk assessment form to include a question to confirm that you fall into the category of clients that I am allowed to treat during this time.
For those of you that we cannot prove the treatment is essential to your health or mental wellbeing, I will be allowed to treat you again from 2nd December- provided the lockdown isn't extended.
Please get in contact if you are unsure and we can discuss further. I hope you can understand these new changes in the rules.
All the best,
Happy November! My monthly challenge for November was meant to be to stop watching TV...I think I may have to put that one on the back burner and do it in a Summer month in 2021. Instead I'm going to do phones off 8pm-8am. I've loved my pescatarian month and have been doing a weekly order from The Upper Scale which I would highly recommend if you're a fish eater. I've tried some great new recipes and will link them at the bottom of the email.
I've had a really busy October which has been great, and I just wanted to thank you all again for keeping up your treatments and respecting my Covid regulations- I know the risk assessment forms can get repetitive if you are having regular sessions but they are important. If you have any feedback or are uncomfortable with any of my regulations, then please let me know. The October refer a friend scheme worked really well and a lot of you took advantage of the great deal, so I'll definitely repeat that next year.
I have had a couple of clients asking if I'm doing the facial massage at the moment, and if I have enough interest in this treatment I will definitely start offering it again. I have to wear a visor as well as a mask to be able to do the facial so if you would be interested, let me know and I will get a visor.
As always, get in touch if you would like to book in at any stage in November. 'Tis the season for hot stone reflexology- so if you haven't tried this yet, book it in! I am allowed to keep working as long as close contact services are still allowed by the government, so unless we went into a strict lockdown again, Retreat 4 Your Feet is open as usual.
Have a lovely day,
Easy Salmon cooked in coconut milk
Sesame & Ginger cod wrap
Fish & Celeriac stew
Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel
Happy October! It definitely feels like Autumn now. I was lucky enough to have 2 amazing weeks off in September. One in Greece celebrating my mum's 60th birthday with all of my family- which was such a treat as it's a rarity that we all get together. The second was a week in Devon which is always a good re-set for me, I can totally relax there reading books, going for long walks and eating good food. So I'm feeling ready for October.
My monthly challenge is to go pescatarian- so lots of fish for me this month. I'm looking forward to getting experimental and trying out some new fish recipes. I'll hopefully have some to share with you at the end of the month.
I'm also doing a referral scheme this month. I will be giving out £10 off vouchers when you come for a session which you can pass on to friends and family, and then when they use the voucher you will get £5 off your next session. So many people are struggling with anxiety, sleep problems and stress during this time so make sure you share the love and give them something that will help.
I know I ask in all of my newsletters, but it would be really helpful if you could leave me a testimonial on Facebook or Google, especially if you feel that treatments have helped you during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Have a good rest of the week.
All the best,
It's official- I am finally allowed to return to what I love doing! After a long wait for the government announcements they confirmed on Friday that reflexologists, amongst others could start treating again, as long as we are adhering to the government guidelines surrounding corona-virus.
Here's what I will be doing to try and prevent the spread of corona-virus:
Get in touch to book your treatment in now...
We have had updates now that reflexologists will hopefully be able to start working again from 4th July, which I am very excited about. I am now taking bookings for the WC 6th July, so get in touch if you'd like to book in.
To keep in line with advice from the government and from The Association of Reflexologists (The AoR) I will be making a few changes. These are as follows:
What with everything going on in the world today, it can be quite an unsettling time and you could be feeling more stressed than normal. Reflexology can really help to calm the mind, ease your stresses, and restore the body back to how it should be working. I normally work on the feet, but you can also practice reflexology on yourself on your hands, and although it's not as relaxing as having someone do it for you, it's still beneficial!
So why not try it for yourself? Put on some calming music, light your favourite candle, and grab some hand cream. Rub the cream in first and give yourself a general hand massage, then work the following areas.
Georgie created "Retreat 4 Your Feet" in 2011. The blog includes fun facts, personal stories, and general information.